Tuesday, 22 January 2019
Future Airport Update
Work continues on the development of plans to create a new integrated arrivals and departures terminal at Jersey Airport. Internal work on the demolition of the current arrivals terminal, including removal of walls and utility services on the unoccupied upper floors has started and is being undertaken by local contractors DB Cummins. In addition, more than 30 stakeholder sessions have taken place to provide opportunity for all interested parties to provide valuable feedback on the future development.
Part of the original plan was to upgrade the passenger pier in Phase Two of the project by creating an upper floor linked to the new airside departures lounge with direct access to all departure gates. However, based on the feedback from these sessions, a decision has been made to bring this upgrade forward. As a result, a revised planning application has been submitted with a decision likely in February 2019. This will therefore, delay the original start date for the build of Phase One (which was to create a first-floor airside departure lounge and new security area).
As with all its investments, funding for these types of projects comes directly from Ports of Jersey from its own commercial revenues and does not call on financial support from the States of Jersey, with the actual phasing of projects based on the company's future cash flows. Ports of Jersey continues to work alongside the Channel Islands Competition & Regulatory Authority (CICRA) to agree its long-term pricing framework so that the company can fully commit to the funding of the integrated terminal project alongside proposed other major capital investments. CICRA has indicated that the outcome of its process and, the consequent decision on Ports of Jersey Long Term Pricing Framework, will not be known until June 2019.
Whilst Ports of Jersey believes the outcome will provide greater clarity over future cash flows, at this time there is some uncertainty over the outcome. In light of this, it has been decided to take a prudent approach and temporarily hold back from committing to the necessary funding of £42m and consequently, the actual construction work on the integrated building has been paused.
This project remains a key priority for Ports of Jersey and will proceed. In the meantime, to maintain momentum, an important phase of work that was originally scheduled for later in the programme is also being brought forward. This relates to the requirement by the UK Civil Aviation Authority for Ports of Jersey to implement a 30-metre 'no-traffic' exclusion zone immediately outside the terminal buildings, which will bring Jersey in line with other UK airports. (This legislation came into force in 2017 and to date, Jersey has had exemption based on a clear commitment that it would be implemented as part of the new integrated terminal project).
As the name suggests, this exclusion zone will mean that only authorised vehicles such as buses, coaches and taxis will be permitted to drop off/pick up outside the main terminal entrance doors. Ports of Jersey acknowledges the significant change this will bring to airport users and plans are currently being developed to realign the existing roads within Jersey Airport, which will include revised drop-off and pick up zones. These plans will be published within the next three months to allow feedback from customers and key stakeholders.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Preferred Contractor for Future Airport Redevelopment Project Selected
Ports of Jersey has selected GSRM as its preferred contractor to undertake the preconstruction services of the future redevelopment project at Jersey Airport.
GSRM is a joint venture between Channel Islands based contractor, Garenne Construction Group and UK building and civil engineering company, Sir Robert McAlpine. The integrated company was appointed following a comprehensive tender process and have extensive knowledge and experience working both in Jersey as well as the UK and in particular within the aviation sector. Using this combined knowledge and skills, GSRM is now working alongside Ports of Jersey Project Team on the detailed final design, which will include phasing strategies and the programme of work, which is due to start before the end of 2018 and take up to three years to complete.
On behalf of Ports of Jersey, Group Capital Projects Director, Steve Tanner, who is overseeing the Future Airport project says "Following a comprehensive tender exercise, we are pleased to confirm the appointment of GSRM under a pre-construction service agreement. GSRM blends comprehensive local and UK supply chain experience with strong, relevant aviation expertise. Ports of Jersey is looking forward to working with GSRM through the next stages for our Future Airport redevelopment project."
In response, GSRM Board Director, Peter Munn, says, "We are thrilled to have secured our place in working with Ports of Jersey on this prestigious and high-profile project. Our island-based team will soon be interfacing with the market to develop proposals and ensure that we bring the best out of both the Jersey and UK supply chain. We are very excited as an integrated joint venture to use our combined knowledge and experience, both in Jersey and the aviation sector, to work with the client project team in bringing this project to life".
The project is also expected create opportunities for the Jersey construction market as well as the supply chain from off-island and is looking to create apprenticeship and training opportunities for local workers.
Both parenting companies forming GSRM are also linked with the development of Jersey's 'Future Hospital' project, built under its j3 company joint venture. These ties will bring partnerships to delivering major projects in Jersey with clearly different resources for each.
Updates on the Future Airport project are available online at jerseyairport.com/futureairport
Media Release: Ports of Jersey releases latest update on Future Airport project
In its latest Future Airport project update Ports of Jersey has addressed and responded to some of the design suggestions and questions put forward by members of the public.
Work on the redevelopment programme remains on target to have started by the end of 2018. The £42m major works programme budget is not just focused on the creation of a new integrated two-storey arrivals and departures terminal but will include in due course the relocation of the Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting Service building, improvements to the aircraft stands and taxiways, demolition of the former Jersey hangar as well as the eventual removal of the existing arrivals terminal building.
Preferred contractors who will undertake the major works project have now been identified and will soon be publicly announced. This will then allow the successful company to work closely alongside the project management team in delivering the final design and determining time scales.
As part of its final design, Ports of Jersey has confirmed a number of new facilities and services in its plans, including the creation of a child's play area in the new airside departures lounge along with a sensory room and multi-faith room. A larger airside departures lounge than the current offering will bring an exciting opportunity for existing concessions to grow and provide new services and products as well as the ability to add new concessions. While offerings are not restricted, Ports of Jersey will give preference to proposals that complement the passenger demographic and enhance the passenger's journey experience.
To fulfil the increasing demand by passengers, consideration is also being given to the creation of a dedicated passenger VIP departure lounge. With a new pay-parking system introduced earlier this year data will be analysed and consideration given to what 'incentives' can be introduced for passengers planning to park at the airport.
The project management team and designers have given consideration to the creation of an exterior terrace that could provide both a viewing option both for travellers and non-travellers. At present the options are not easy to create and have a significant cost implication but recognising that this is a highly desired feature it is something that the team will continue to evaluate in terms of delivering it. Likewise, the creation of a restaurant facility for non-travellers, similar to the former Aviator Restaurant, which ceased trading in July 2009 due to a decline in customer demand has also featured in the feedback. To date the project team has not been able to identify a viable option and at present it does not feature in the final design. However, it is something that Ports of Jersey continues to explore and in the meantime, plan to provide an enhanced food and beverage offering in a landside location, serving both arriving and departing passengers as well as those not travelling.
Ports of Jersey, working alongside its architects and master planners has commissioned the production of two short 'walk through' concept videos outlining the future departure and arrival experience. These have been created using images from its 3D modelling of the proposed terminal layout and although full graphics are not shown it will give a clearer indication of what the new terminal layout will look like. The videos can be viewed online
Group Capital Project Director for Ports of Jersey, Steve Tanner, who is overseeing the overall redevelopment programme, says, "When we first launched this exciting project in late 2017, we wished to actively engage with interested parties and members of the public to seek their valuable feedback and suggestions. We are delighted with the response we have received so far. Now that we are moving into the final stages of the design process we have considered all the suggestions submitted and are now in a better position to update on progress to date, which is now available to view on our website. We hope our latest programme update will provide a better idea and understanding of our decision making process so far and the reasons for our actions. However, this engagement process continues and anyone who would like to make further comments and suggestions can still do so by emailing email@example.com".
To view the updated progress report and videos please visit the Future Airport page
Media Release: Ports of Jersey launches plan for its Airport of the Future
Ports of Jersey has announced a progressive plan to create an integrated arrivals and departures terminal at Jersey Airport.
The major works programme, which is subject to planning approval, will see an extension to the existing departures terminal building with the construction of a mezzanine floor to create a new central security search area and airside departures lounge. The new arrivals facility, including baggage reclaim together with customs and immigration will be created on the ground floor of the existing terminal, which is where the current airside departures lounge is located.
Access to the new 2,300 square-metre mezzanine extension from the ground-floor check-in area will be via lifts, escalators and stairs to an atrium. This will lead into a bright and spacious open plan retail and catering offering with seating directly overlooking the aircraft stands. The first stage of the works project will also see the construction of four new departure gates in the existing passenger pier. Future improvements could see the creation of similar gates along the remaining part of the passenger pier.
The announcement of an integrated passenger terminal is a progression of the design work announced in summer 2016, when consideration was given to the construction of a new arrivals terminal building to replace the current one. Through its design and feasibility process, the project team identified significant benefits in efficiency and investment for an integrated terminal, where both arrivals and departures are in the same building. A peer review of these plans and alternative options was undertaken by leading US architect and design consultants, Corgan, whose subsequent recommendation confirmed the design team's preferred option of an integrated facility as it is the most efficient use of the existing airport infrastructure, improves the overall operational efficiency of the business and preserves valuable airport land for future development opportunities. As part of the review and prior to final approval being given by Ports of Jersey Board of Directors, the option for an integrated facility was discussed with on-site business partners, including airlines, retailers and security agencies to determine a solution that would best suit the operational requirements of all parties as far as practical.
To comply with CAA regulatory requirements the new airport layout will see the implementation of a 30-metre 'exclusion zone' immediately outside the terminal building and an eventual reconfiguration of the access roads. Likewise, in a subsequent development phase consideration will be given to the construction of a multi storey public car park, which would provide direct access to the terminal building. In the meantime, existing car parks and drop off/pick up zones will remain unchanged during the first phase of the works.
The existing arrivals terminal, which impacts on the safety and operational capabilities of Jersey Airport will be removed in order to comply with licensing conditions to the current safety standards of operation. Planning permission for its removal was given in March 2014 and work has already commenced on stripping out upper areas of the building, including the removal of asbestos. However, the existing ground floor and baggage reclaim area will remain operational throughout the entire works programme and complete removal will not be finalised until the new arrivals facility is open. Once cleared this area can be considered for future opportunities.
In a series of briefings to interested parties this week, including a number of airport based business partners, Group CEO for Ports of Jersey, Doug Bannister, outlined the company's plans for the future investment in Jersey Airport, saying, "This is an ambitious and exciting project that ultimately will see the creation of a 'new' airport that addresses our compliance requirements, provides a modern facility for our passengers and airline partners' future requirements and strives to enhance the overall passenger journey experience".
As with all its investments, Ports of Jersey is funding this development from its own commercial returns and not through government financial support. An overall budget for the works project is £42m, which includes construction of the new facility, enabling works and demolition of the existing arrivals terminal. The revised design will be delivered for considerably less than the original investment.
Ports of Jersey has been working with leading global consultants, including project managers Ramboll Engineers along with architects and master planners, Chapman Taylor, which has released concept images of the new airport design and layout. The award-winning company has worked on specialist design projects across the aviation, retail, leisure and hospitality industry. Group Capital Projects Director for Ports of Jersey, Steve Tanner, who joined the company in 2016, will oversee the works project alongside a dedicated project management team. Mr Tanner has previously worked on major construction projects and contracts, including Manchester Airport Group, Stansted Airport and the redesign of a number of Heathrow Airport Terminals.
Subject to planning approvals and the appointment of contractors, construction work is due to start in autumn 2018 and is likely to take up to three years to complete. The major construction work is likely to have some impact on the overall operations of the airport during this period. However, with careful planning this will be kept to a minimum.
Ports of Jersey is actively encouraging the public to submit their ideas to help shape the detailed design stages of the project. To enable this, they have set up an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org to which any specific questions, comments or ideas relating to the project can be submitted. Furthermore, a dedicated area on the website, jerseyairport.com has been created to allow Ports of Jersey to post updates and answer any specific questions and/or concerns that may have been raised.
Update: 06.12.17. Public drop-in sessions have been arranged for members of the public to meet with the project managers and discuss the plans in more detail. These will take place at St Peter's Parish Hall on Saturday 13 January 2018 (10am-12pm) and Wednesday 17 January 2018 (6pm-8pm).